The struggle is real: Cabling photos

June 30, 2022
There's a million hard luck stories in the information and communications technology (ICT) installation and maintenance trade. And sometimes, there's photos.

As is often said of life in the big city, there's also a million hard luck stories in the information and communications technology (ICT) deployment and maintenance trade. And many of these stories are regularly told at social media's Reddit, in the site's photo subcommunities devoted to uncovering technical difficulties in the realm of cabling and connectivity installation.

While most of these tales are told by field technicians, some come from end users. Either way, in assessing such scenes of connectivity woe and disarray, one contemporary colloquialism stands up: The struggle is real.

Any casual assumption that satellite TV might be a "cleaner" solution for either ProAV or wireless connectivity is hereby debunked.

Evidently, they call them "butt joints" for a reason -- because they'll make you the butt of jokes on the internet.

As noted by the poster, this was done "for relays." Commenters on the post also relay their opinion that this looks like garbage.

If you love a 100Mbit max. connection speed and don't care about PoE, then go for it.

"The old A to B and backwards crimp trick." Indeed. Dumb move. Smart cable tester.

You'll know you're a seasoned tech when your first impression here is: "It's not that bad."

And the award for best use of single zip tie in a poor telco room design goes to...

Sparky did what? (Just kidding -- hopefully.)

"There shall be only one length of the patch cable, and it is fifteen feet."

We've heard of 66 blocks before, but this is ridiculous.

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